We won’t quite know what hit us as May begins. The solar eclipse in Taurus on April 30th brought sweeping and sudden change to an area of life that previously felt as solid as a rock. We’re now left to pick up the pieces and clear out the party. Venus leaves lush, romantic Pisces for daring, impatient Aries on the 2nd, heralding a period of risk taking and bold moves when it comes to forging connections.
The second week of the month has very few planetary aspects, giving us space to pause and recalibrate. The only movement comes on May 10th when Mercury stations retrograde in Gemini while Jupiter moves into Aries, allowing us to both reflect on the past and set goals for the future. With sky daddy Jupiter’s entrance into bold Aries, opportunity comes through enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to initiate change. Jupiter will be in Aries until October 28th, and return to the ram’s sign again in late December. Things that are just getting started this month will come into clearer focus over the summer and again in early 2023.
After that brief respite, things get shaken up again on May 16th with a total lunar eclipse in Scorpio. Unlike the solar eclipse on April 30th which brought surprises or upsets, this eclipse is more about exposing vulnerabilities. There’s finality to what happens now, but with Mars conjoining hazy Neptune on the 18th, it might not be unclear why some of this is happening. The fog will eventually clear, but for now, we must sit in it.
Things lighten up as the sun enters Gemini on the 20th. Happy solar return to the hot nerds, secret geniuses and class clowns of the zodiac like Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz and Naomi Campbell. Mercury, still retrograde, re-enters Taurus on the 22nd bringing a bit more groundedness to this Gemini season, encouraging us to learn using all of our senses.
Rapid change continues as Mars moves into ambitious Aries on the 24th while Venus moves into indulgent Taurus on the 28th. To end the month, the new moon in Gemini arrives on the 30th, giving us a chance to catch our breath and let the dust settle.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign may provide further insight.)